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Brian McDermott Unveiled As Warnock's Successor

Brian McDermott is the latest man to be given the job of getting Leeds United back in the Premiership.
Brian McDermott is the latest man to be given the job of getting Leeds United back in the Premiership.
Ben Hoskins

It was something that we have been expecting over the last few days but the news has finally broken that Brian McDermott is the new manager of Leeds United.

McDermott, relieved of his managerial duties at Reading only a month ago, must first concentrate on keeping the Whites in the Championship after their dismal run of form has landed them in a relegation battle.

Brian McDermott has put pen to paper on a three year deal at Elland Road and will be hoping to repeat the success he achieved at Reading where he guided the Royals to the Championship title.

Speaking on his appointment, David Haigh had the following to say:

"We are delighted to have appointed Brian as our manager. He is a man with a proven track record of success and shares our vision of the best way to return long terms and sustainable success to this great football club.

Obviously the immediate aim is a return as soon as possible to the Premiership. Brian's success in taking Reading to the Premiership last year was a key factor in our decision to hire him."

McDermott worked his way up at Reading after initially joining the club as Chief Scout before working his way onto the coaching team. He then became caretaker manager following Brendan Rodgers decision to join Swansea and soon led Reading to the play-off final where they lost out to Brendan Rodgers' Swansea side. The following season it was all about Reading though. After seemingly suffering from the Play-off Final blues, Reading stormed to the title with an incredible run in the second half of the season, coming from nowhere to win promotion.

Leeds fans will be hoping McDermott can make lightning strike twice and help guide United back to the Premiership. GFH are going to have to back their man in the summer though if the former Scout is going to be able to achieve it.

First thing is first though, lets stay in the Championship. McDermott, who will be assisted by Nigel Gibbs, will be officially unveiled in a press conference on Friday afternoon and has already met the players ahead of tomorrow's crunch clash with Sheffield Wednesday.